We're all concerned about the case of Sandra Cantu and what it means for other families in Tracy, but the San Francisco Chronicle's proclamation that "Fear grips Tracy as cops search for girl's killer," might be a bit overblown.
Or a lot overblown.
We're not so much scared as angry. Angry that someone would kill a young girl, destroy a family and put a community through so much grief for reasons that — I'm willing to wager — no sane person could truly understand.
Yes, we'll keep an extra close watch on our kids, but Sandra Cantu's apparent kidnapping and murder is the rarest of rare occurences. Tragic? Yes. Wrenching? Yes. Mindbending? Yes. Commonplace? No.
We're shocked, surprised, stunned. But in the throes of all-consuming fear? To say this sad story has our whole "rural" community gripped in fear is to not truly understand it.
Please, correct me if I'm wrong.